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Sexual (Re)education of the U.S. Military

chuck hagel, defense secretary, obama, gays in the military, dont ask dont tell, DADT, transgendered soldiers, transgender, lgbt

There’s more military social engineering ahead “Every qualified American who wants to serve our country should have an opportunity, if they fit the qualifications and can do it.” That’s what Obama Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told ABC News’ Martha Radditz on Sunday.  In case you missed it, Hagel was asked if he believed transgendered people should be allowed to serve in the U.S. military. When first asked if the current policy banning such people – folks who, by their own admission and actions, are confused about what sex they are or want to be – should be reevaluated, Hagel did ...

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Spy Harder

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If you’re like me, you are drawn to the fictionalized world of spies, espionage and international intrigue. When scrolling through your TV channels, you’ll stop and watch one of the Bourne movies even though you’ve seen it before. You stop whatever you’re doing for the day when you see there’s a James Bond marathon running through the weekend, or for those of us who still read, are always dusting off your old, yellowed copies of John Le Carré.  Many of us were raised in the spy culture of the Cold War. Those of us who are older remember it as ...

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Vladimir Putin the Belligerent

Putin, Crimea, NATO, Obama, Ukraine

Following Russia’s successful annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region into the Russian Federations, the Baltic nations of Eastern Europe, all former Soviet satellites, are getting nervous. That’s understandable, given Russian President Vladimir Putin’s justification for intervening in Crimea. True, Moscow has always had a strategic interest there since the breakup of the former Soviet Union, but not simply because the Russian Black Sea Fleet is stationed at Sevastopol, in Crimea. But blood is thicker than the steel on a warship. If Putin and his foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, are to be believed, it was language – the one tie that binds ...

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Afghanistan gives “Soviet” Russia Its Blessing

Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, Support Russia, Putin, Soviet Union, Foreign Policy

Don’t look now, but that Southwest Asian powerhouse, Afghanistan, has given its official blessing to Russia’s absorption of the Crimea. In a statement issued over the weekend, Afghan President Hamid Karzai cited “the free will of the Crimean people” in offering his country’s support for the Crimean annexation into Moscow’s sphere of influence. “We respect the decision the people of Crimea took through a recent referendum that considers Crimea as part of the Russian Federation,” he said. With this, Afghanistan becomes the third nation to officially sanction this Russian aggression, behind Syria and Venezuela, the former a Russian client state ...

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EPA: Just another Democrat constituency

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How can you tell there is another election cycle coming up this year? Easy – another federal agency, the EPA, is going all in for Democrats while doing its best to stick a bureaucratic stick in the eye of Republicans. Opposition research is nothing new in political contests. Both major parties engage in it, and it’s likely that Libertarians will too at some point, if they ever manage to get someone elected to federal office. At any rate, background checkers go to all sorts of lengths for their political masters to get any and all possible dirt they can on ...

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Putin the Patriot

Vladimir Putin, Russian President, Moscow, foreign policy, crimea, ukraine, sanctions, obama, white house, washington

Vladimir Putin has his Chance The headlines last week regarding Russia’s new “democratic” annexation of Crimea, which for the past couple of decades had been part of the sovereign country of Ukraine, says as much about the United States’ declining status in the world as it says about Moscow’s ascending global hegemony. Long before Russian forces began massing on Ukraine’s borders; before Russian forces surrounded Ukrainian positions and bolstered their own in Crimea; before the Russian parliament’s vote to grant President Vladimir Putin the authority to use force to “protect” “persecuted” ethnic Russians in Crimea (and beyond); before Putin vowed ...

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3 Reasons to Invest in the Russian Stock Market Right Now

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Who’d have thought the Russian stock market would be the place to put some of your cash, especially now that Moscow just annexed part of another sovereign country and the threat of wider conflict between Russia and Ukraine may be looming? Because of the volatility of the situation, Russian investors have begun to flee their own stocks; to date, a falling ruble and other economic problems there have led to a 20 percent reduction in the Russian stock market. Which is precisely why now might be the time to get in, say U.S. investors. “[The] sell-off has taken the market ...

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